Delhi HC Summons T-Series and Netflix India in ‘Animal’ OTT Release Dispute

The Delhi High Court recently issued summons in response to a lawsuit from Cine1 Studios Private Limited, a co-producer of the movie ‘Animal.’ They are seeking to halt the film’s release on OTT platforms and have filed the suit against T-Series, requesting a directive to prevent the movie from being streamed on any digital or satellite platform.

Cine1 claims that despite the film’s box office success, T-Series did not fulfill the profit-sharing agreement and didn’t provide financial compensation. Additionally, Cine1 is contesting T-Series’ announcement of a sequel called ‘Animal Park,’ arguing that their rights extend to this new project and require their consultation.

During a hearing, T-Series presented evidence suggesting that Cine1 had accepted a payment of ₹2.2 crore in exchange for relinquishing their rights to the film, which Cine1 allegedly didn’t disclose. This raised doubts about the validity of Cine1’s claims and their eligibility for legal remedies.

Justice Sanjeev Narula, after admitting the suit, issued summons to defendants and granted time to file a written statement.

The court has allowed the plaintiff to submit a response within 15 days of receiving the defendants’ written statements. The plaintiff must also provide an affidavit confirming or denying the documents provided by the defendants; otherwise, their response won’t be accepted.

The case will be presented before the Joint Registrar on March 15, 2024, to finalize the legal arguments and exhibit marking. Subsequently, it will return to the court for the formulation of legal questions to be addressed in the case.

The bench has instructed that responses must be filed by 11 am on January 20, and the plaintiff can submit rejoinders, if any, by the end of the same day.

Additionally, the court has allowed the parties’ legal representatives to submit concise summaries, not exceeding three pages, along with relevant case laws, before the upcoming hearing scheduled for January 22, 2024.

About ‘Animal’
‘Animal,’ directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, has earned over ₹900 crores globally since its release on December 1, 2023. However, the film has faced criticism for its portrayal of misogyny and violence.

FAQs

What is the lawsuit about?

The lawsuit filed by Cine1 Studios Private Limited aims to restrain the OTT release of the movie ‘Animal’ and seeks to prevent the film from being streamed on any digital or satellite platform.

What is Cine1 contesting regarding the film ‘Animal’?

Cine1 is contesting T-Series’ announcement of a sequel called ‘Animal Park,’ arguing that their rights extend to this new project and require their consultation.

When will the case be presented before the Joint Registrar?

The case will be presented before the Joint Registrar on March 15, 2024, to finalize the legal arguments and exhibit marking.

Conclusion

The legal battle between Cine1 Studios Private Limited and T-Series regarding the release of ‘Animal’ on OTT platforms is currently underway in the Delhi High Court. The court has issued summons and granted time for the parties to file their written statements and responses, with further legal proceedings scheduled for the coming months. The outcome of this case will have implications for the OTT release and rights associated with the movie ‘Animal.’

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